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New BMW X3 — test the first crossover on the platform.

The people involved in setting up the steering, clearly outsmarted themselves. But everything else was very good.

After the introduction of the platform CLAR (cluster architecture) BMW — on the rise. First “seven” index G12 allowed the Bavarians to get to S-class at the distance of the last jump. A year later the magnificent “five” G30 laid down a new “eshku” and possibly stolen tens of thousands of its potential customers.

While in Stuttgart blew on the candles, marking the second birthday of midsize crossover GLC, in Munich, presented the new BMW X3 on a revolutionary platform. And since the former “x-third”, produced in 2011, even in the second phase of his career, he lost to Mercedes just a little (RA, № 12, 2015), to meet the new I went in anticipation of a miracle. If the first СLAR crossover will go not worse than the brothers of sedans, the Mercedes dealers will be dressing up in all black.

A heavy burden

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BMW X3 xDrive30d

Length / width / height / wheelbase, mm 4708 / 1891 / 1676 / 2864trunk Volume (VDA) 550-1600 litersweight / total weight 1895 / 2500 kgEngine diesel, P6, 24 valve 2993 cm3; 195 kW / 265 HP at 4000 rpm; 620 N·m at 2,000 – 2,500 rpmacceleration 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds.the Maximum speed of 240 km/hFuel / fuel DT / 68 lfuel Consumption: fuel consumption combined 6.0 l / 100 kmDriveline all-wheel drive; A8

BMW X3 M40i

Length / width / height / wheelbase, mm 4716 / 1897 / 1676 / 2864trunk Volume (VDA) 550-1600 litresKerb / total mass 1885 / 2455 kgEngine diesel, P6, 24 valve, 2998 cm3; 265 kW/360 HP at 5500-6500 rpm; 500 nm at 1520 – 4800 rpmacceleration 0-100 km/h in 4.8 secondsMaximum speed 250 km/hFuel / fuel : AI-92, AI-95, AI-98 / 65 lfuel Consumption: combined 8.4 l / 100 kmDriveline all-wheel drive; A8

Good? Of course! Hard look of led headlights, relief muscles of the side of punch and real, not fake air ducts in the rear part of the front fenders. Gone from the controversial Skoda Jozef Kaban did not have time to put the pencil to this machine, and its sole author Kelvin Luck — definitely succeeded harmonious design.

Traditionally with the change of generations “x-third” grew in size. Length, the increase is entirely and completely fell in the wheelbase increased by 50 mm. Changes in width and height within the error.

Virtual devices such as “five” with “seven”. And again, the surcharge — 33 200 rubles.Virtual devices such as “five” with “seven”. And again, the surcharge — 33 200 rubles.

System of the circular review — “semëročnoj”. Two years after its introduction it is still the best.System of the circular review — “semëročnoj”. Two years after its introduction it is still the best.

The interior of the X3 resembles the “pjaterochki” both architecturally and quality materials, but frustrating inconsistencies: the Central armrest is not adjustable in length, lock Central locking only with the driver’s door.The interior of the X3 resembles the “pjaterochki” both architecturally and quality materials, but frustrating inconsistencies: the Central armrest is not adjustable in length, lock Central locking only with the driver’s door.

In General, if you think rear the new BMW X3 cramped, the key word is “seems”. Issues can arise to the geometry of the landing. As before, the seat cushion is quite low, tall people have to keep your hips on the weight. Longitudinal adjustment is missing, and the list of variables is limited by the angle of the backrest. Climate block option, but the USB slots rear passengers is not available in principle.

We have long been accustomed to see the keys of a choice of driving modes at this place. But not used even in the “comfort” steering wheel can be so much “trapped.”We have long been accustomed to see the keys of a choice of driving modes at this place. But not used even in the “comfort” steering wheel can be so much “trapped.”

Optional heated steering wheel — 16 200 rubles. Over 17 thousand offer M‑wheel.Optional heated steering wheel — 16 200 rubles. Over 17 thousand offer M‑wheel.

Corporate multimedia system with gesture controls now available and “x third”.Corporate multimedia system with gesture controls now available and “x third”.

Help system during the descent supports the speed range from 1 to 30 km/h help System during the descent supports the speed range from 1 to 30 km/h.

Even with all the technological X3 with index G01 surprised by some solutions. After sedans on the platform. he received a new multimedia system with the function of gesture control, interactive key BMW Display Key and the beginnings of the autopilot system called Driving Assistant Plus, but in principle, there is simple things like the adjustable center armrest and keys for Central locking on the passenger door. For total perfection of ergonomics and quality materials, these omissions will notice not everyone, but the logic of the Bavarians seems strange.

In the photo — optional sport seats for fifty thousand rubles. They are good. But I’m sure basic will not have any issues.In the photo — optional sport seats for fifty thousand rubles. They are good. But I’m sure basic will not have any issues.

Back a lot of air, but the seat still want a little lift. And still it would not hurt USB slots.Back a lot of air, but the seat still want a little lift. And still it would not hurt USB slots.

Do not be surprised if this interactive key (21 300 roubles) will one day be available to even the “ones.” The question is, on hand if BMW its “depreciation”?Do not be surprised if this interactive key (21 300 roubles) will one day be available to even the “ones.” The question is, on hand if BMW its “depreciation”?

Three-liter diesel version xDrive30d runs nearly silent, no vibration, no distinctive rumble. To hide an addiction to heavy fuel, “x-third” can not inferior to “five”. Performance — fire! Being in a relationship with uncontested 8-speed automatic ZF, 265‑strong (Russian version probably deforsiruyut to 249) row “six” throws of the graphic arrow of a speedometer to the mark “100 km/h” for some 5.8 seconds. That’s just after the first speed of a snake I ask a dumb question: do I need this?

The people involved in setting up the steering, clearly outsmarted themselves. Optional sports slats with variable pitch, mounted on all the test vehicles, an urgent need to melt and to replace conventional. Otherwise, a housewife from the States to present Munich a big lawsuit, nemacaulis the young Sequoia and not even realizing how it happened! The nonlinearity of the feedback, seasoned with a very specific configuration of power, really scary. In “near-zero” positions of the steering wheel is relatively “empty”. But it is necessary to rotate it a few degrees, the car overly dramatically is screwed into the rotation. If strongly to touch with a speed close to drift!

Luggage compartment (550 liters in five-seat configuration) with an organizer in the underground and the blinds are neat and thought out. The raised floor is supported by pneumatic focusing.Luggage compartment (550 liters in five-seat configuration) with an organizer in the underground and the blinds are neat and thought out. The raised floor is supported by pneumatic focusing.

Apart from this particular, the new “x-third” is almost perfect. I have no doubt that with an ordinary rake his behavior would be much more adequate, and the power assist engineers precalibrated in the near future — now to force it excessively even in Comfort mode. Not to complain of excessive stiffness of the adaptive dampers, do not chase behind the wheels of maximum diameter. Basic “eighteenth” power consumption is quite reasonable. Although active attack small things like tree roots or hard earthen gullies “x-third” is still pretty shaky.

In addition, off-road route on the territory of the Portuguese national Park “Pedra Amarela”, near Estoril, proved that geometric patency of the BMW X3 still a full order, and the electronically controlled clutch fast and reasonable. Except that the help system during the descent, able to maintain a constant speed in the Delta from 1 to 30 km/h runs rough. The pecks on the slopes do not correspond to the price list.

The ground clearance of 204 mm and a well-tuned xDrive transmission — “x-third” not a stranger to off-road. But is it worth it to book a top 20‑ or 21‑inch wheels?The ground clearance of 204 mm and a well-tuned xDrive transmission — “x-third” not a stranger to off-road. But is it worth it to book a top 20‑ or 21‑inch wheels?

The feeling of quality and the level of equipment is not inferior to the older models First-CLAR-crossover we expected more, or rather, still waiting

Version xDrive30d (at a price of 3 600 000 rubles), will certainly be one of the most popular modifications of the “x-third”. However, to say that the first CLAR-crossover will become the leader in its class, it is premature. A crushing advantage over the Mercedes GLC here and does not smell. But there are also just updated the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.

PS: Cluster architecture continues to walk on the planet. And does it even faster than originally planned in the BMW. Inspired by the success of “five” with “seven”, they decided to work seven days a week and, according to rumors, in 2018, will present “x-five” on the CLAR platform. Thus, the former “tower” machine with index F15 will hold on the line only four years — twice less than the standard term. And I’d like to think that before the market launch of the new “x-fifth” will teach you to ride flawlessly. So we had to talk about rail and fluidity of her steps. As you know how to ride “five” and “seven”.

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